USAID’s Global Water and Development Progress FY 2018–2019

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During the first two years of Global Water Strategy implementation (Fiscal Years 2018 and 2019), USAID provided $835 million to support water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) activities in 51 countries. This year’s Global Water and Development Report of Water and Sanitation Activities shares the progress USAID and its partners have achieved with this funding. Notably:

  • 11.6 million people gained access to sustainable water, with 7.9 million gaining access for the first time
  • 10.6 million people gained access to sustainable sanitation, with 10.4 million gaining access for the first time
  • Of these, more than 2.3 million women and girls benefited from sustainable water services, and more than 5.2 million women and girls gained access to sustainable sanitation

Read their stories and others below, view the full report, and see how USAID is delivering results in the WASH and water sector.

USAID Results Target Two Years Into The Global Water Strategy

Sustainable Access to Drinking Water Services
Goal: 15 Million People
RESULTS: 11.6 Million People
Sustainable Access to Sanitation Services
Goal: 8 Million People
RESULTS: 10.6 Million People

USAID Annual Report Spotlights

Governance & Finance

Strengthening water governance and institutions helps attract public and private investment. USAID works with countries to put in place effective policies, processes, and institutions capable of implementing them that boost investor confidence, increase sector finance, and accelerate coverage of water and sanitation services.


USAID's work to improve access to safe sanitation services and promote sustained hygiene behaviors and products takes into account the complex network of factors in each country—including governance, financing, markets, and behavior—necessary for lasting progress.

Safe Drinking Water

Sustainable access to piped drinking water—when needed and free from contamination—creates a secure foundation for growth and self-reliance. That is why USAID builds the capacity of community organizations, governments, and other service providers to deliver ongoing services beyond first-time access to drinking water.

Water Resources Management

USAID helps partner countries better cope with rising pressures on freshwater resources, including drinking water supplies. These investments strengthen resilience and promote more equitable, sustainable, and long-term management of increasingly polluted, scarce, and variable water supplies.